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Paul McGeary

Gloucester City Council
Ward 1

Ward meeting April 7

April 6, 2014

Proposal to let unleashed dogs on the beach to be topic

Dear Friends:

On Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall I will be holding a ward meeting to deal with proposed changes to the city's animal control ordinance.

Following a request by citizens to consider the matter, an ad hoc committee under the leadership of City Councilor Steven LeBlanc has been considering changes to the city's ordinances regarding dogs on the beach.

Of specific interest to Ward 1 is that the proposed ordinance change would allow dogs off leash at Good Harbor Beach. Currently, dogs are not allowed on the beach at all during summer months and only on a short leash during the off season. The proposed ordinance would modify the rules as follows:

Dogs would be allowed to run off leash but under the control of their masters on Good Harbor from Sept. 16 to April 30.
Off-leash dogs would be permitted on the beach during morning and evening hours only.
Fines for violation of the ordinance, including its provisions for removal of dog waste or dogs being off-leash other than in specified hours, would increase to $50 for a first offense and $100 for a subsequent offense.
Other than at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches during the specified hours, dogs would still be required to be on a leash when off the owner's property.
To download the full text of the proposed ordinance changes click here.

The matter is still to be considered by the City Council's Committee on Ordinance and Administration (on April 14) and the full City Council (currently scheduled for April 22). This is a chance for me to hear your opinions prior to my voting on the matter.

For those of you who have already communicated your views on this matter, thank you. If you can't make the meeting you may email me with your views at:


or you can reach me by phone or US Mail at the number and address below.


  Very truly yours,

Paul McGeary

Ward 1 Councilor


31 Eastern Ave Gloucester MA 01930





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